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Latest Foe Of Smart Growth: Dept. Of Defense

Harsh new security precautions for federal office buildings are threatening to derail otherwise successful Smart Growth efforts in the Washington D.C. region.

New Department of Defense regulations detailing security around federal office buildings require, among other things, that buildings not on military bases be set back at least 82 feet from traffic to protect against truck bombs. Though other federal agencies have less stringent setback requirements, the new rules nonetheless threaten to move tens of thousands of jobs located in walkable, transit-oriented communities inside Washington’s beltway to new fortress complexes in the distant exurbs.

Thanks to Dan Malouff

Full Story: Defense Jobs in N.Va. At Risk

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